There are various reasons why someone may challenge the distribution of a will. If you are an executor or beneficiary set to receive some of the deceased’s estate, this can not only make the process more difficult but can slow down the probate process. You may receive contestation from relevant parties who have been excluded from the will, or old, estranged family members who may believe they are entitled to some of the estate. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, there are inheritance solicitors in London that can help.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham, we can assist both parties wishing to contest a will and those attempting to defend the distribution of the estate. We have years of experience in dealing with contentious probate disputes, analysing our clients’ cases and finding the relevant evidence to build a strong case. If you need expert legal advice, we are here to help.
Why Would Someone Challenge a Will?
As mentioned in our previous article, there are numerous reasons why someone may wish to contest a will. Disagreements concerning its validity, whether the deceased was coerced or under pressure to draft the contents or if they lacked significant mental capacity are all points that may arise during a contentious probate dispute. Individuals who wish to make a claim for financial provisions can refer to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and prove that they were financially dependent upon the deceased.
Inheritance disputes can bring difficult conversations and emotions out of family members and loved ones, but the claims against the estate can be challenged effectively. When bringing a claim, parties can stop a grant of probate from being issued, and they have six months to build their claim. In this period, our inheritance solicitors in London can assist in helping you build a counter claim, using our vast knowledge and experience to help you settle your case as efficiently as possible. To find out more about our services, please visit us here.
Steps You Can Take
As soon as you have been informed that someone has made a claim against the deceased’s estate, and you are the executor or the beneficiary of the will, it is advised that you seek legal advice immediately. In contentious probate disputes, alternative dispute resolution such as mediation can be implemented to help both parties air their difference through a relevant third party, attempting to reach an agreement before the dispute reaches court. Your qualified team of solicitors can gather relevant evidence to help build your case, and will accompany you to court wherever possible.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors, our expert inheritance solicitors in London can help you settle all disputes including contentious probate, providing cost effective solutions and results that you need. To find out more, or to arrange a free consultation, please give us a call on 0208 769 6739. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form.